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|The evils of novels in Sanditon....
Written by DeeMac
(4/1/2003 1:16 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - "novel" trivia & question, penned by LaurieC
] I just did a six-novel search, and Northanger Abbey is apparently the only book that refers to novels (by the word "novel"), horrid or otherwise. Does anyone happen to know if a character in one of JA's other works makes reference to a novel by title, or is NA the end of the line?
I've got no time to type up more than a bit, but the ridiculous young Sir Edward in Sanditon is satirised for his obsession with novels so lurid that they have determined him to embark on a course of seduction! However, his would-be victim sees through him, and the narrator dryly comments that Clara, "had not the least intention of being seduced."
LOL. I've also always laughed aloud at the following lines:
The truth was that Sir Edward, whom circumstances had confined very much to one spot had read more sentimental novels than agreed with him.
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